I read the article and I understand that the courses that everyone is playing are going to be set to somewhat the same rated layouts. What doesn't seem right is that all courses will have different terrain and most likely different weather conditions. It doesn't seem like a good setup, so is this for promotion, or disc golf togetherness?
what I'd like to know is how they are going to handle this:
"Roughly half your entry fee goes toward the local payout and half toward the global payout."
So, now instead of 2 bucks per player, somebody will get half everyone's entry fee. Can't wait to see how that global payout works. Lemme guess? PDGA online store....Let's break it down with some real rough numbers.
Let's assume 100 events, 50 ams at each one, $35 entry fees. That's 5000 ams paying $175K. Half of that is $87.5K. Sounds like a pretty nice weekend for somebody.
So you're against having giant events? Would you be against an event that had 5000 Ams play in it because lots of money was involved? The payouts for the global and local events are subject to the same payout requirements and expectations. In fact, the global event will be under more scrutiny than maybe any event in history for a variety of reasons in addition to payout.
I love the idea of having a re-invented "worlds biggest" disc golf weekend. I think we need more events like that to help spread and support disc golf to the larger community.
However this idea of having people compete via ratings is ludicrous IMO. I've already shown before how ratings can swing up to 20 points (well within normal bounds according to chuck) for the same score on the same course in relatively the same conditions. That "small" margin of error is way way too big for me.
If there is an option to NOT play the global thing, I'll definitely support this. If that is no option and you have to donate 1/2 your money to some unseen entity in the sky then I will not be participating in this farce of a competition.
Yes, because only Jared Pittman would be singled out for a 20-point discrimination? It's just not going to be a problem with the same pool of people on the same course for three rounds. Any individual round fluctuations will be smoothed out cumulatively. Yes, there will be some variances from place to place but the amount will be less than what happens with a one shot variance with an unlucky cut-thru on a basket or a lucky bounce off a tree into the basket or the wind is heavy when part of your division plays the open holes and is quiet when the other half plays them. The variances will be comparable what we deal with every tournament in terms of a little lucky and a little unlucky events.
I believe it's worth it for every pro to see how this works because it will help boost purses with much less travel when many more of these events are hosted down the road.
If this is about promoting the sport, why not have there be no fees for players that are not PDGA members? By no fees, I mean no penalty/temporary member fees.
I wouldn't say this is only about promoting the sport (there are national media opportunities for sure) but also the value of ratings as part of your PDGA membership. No other outdoor sport I can think of has a chance to pull this off in a fair way using their ratings if they even have them. Maybe not in the USA but PDGA Ratings are considered the number 1 benefit by members outside North America. It's the main reason countries have given for why they have affiliated with the PDGA. They don't have as many events so they don't get the primary benefit players in the U.S. get by saving several $10 non-member fees in a year.